Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A 2013 First Integrated Dance: Compassion & Community

I wonder sometimes how selfish, arrogant, and uncaring we must look to those who wish to enslave us.  We probably seem a lot like them in our cold-blooded approach to one another as if we're not even humans.   We don't slow down to a safe stop to let a waiting car into our lane even though we have a red light, we use skin color as a gauge to sort people into catagories, we do strange things to our bodies through foods, or lack of, and under the knife to cut and tuck parts of ourselves that we deem wrong.

My daughter's school is performing "Hairspray" for their spring musical this year.  These kids naively think that segregated dances are a thing of the past, most likely because they have "history" books telling them how things were and are rather than investigating for themselves.   Whether driving in our cars, looking at another, or looking at ourselves in a mirror, it's time to practice compassion and community thinking.  It's time to not only seem like we stand together, we need to stand together right now.

The following is from:

"Wilcox County Students Hold School's First Integrated Prom
PHOTO: Teens in Wilcox County come together to hold a dance that's open to all.

For any teenager, prom is a monumental night, but for students at a Georgia high school, it has been more than 40 years in the making.
For the first time ever, students at Wilcox County High School, in Rochelle, Ga. danced together at a prom that wasn't segregated.
For decades, the school board has avoided officially endorsing prom festivities, instead relying on parents to host and control invitations leading to year after year of two dances - one for white students, and one for the black students.
Students have lobbied over the years to end the practice. This year, a group of Wilcox County seniors decided to take matters into their own hands.

The four girls, two black and two white, created a Facebook page asking for support and donations to fund an independent bash open to all.
"We were doing that so we could get the word out, so that some people would be able to donate and help us out with what we were doing," said senior Mareshia Rucker.
On Saturday night, nearly half of the school's student body came out to the event.
"Hopefully when everything is said and done, people in our county will really realize, that there is no sense in the way things are right now," Rucker told ABC News affiliate WGXA.
Despite this year's groundbreaking integrated dance, once again this year there was a segregated prom attended only by white students.
It wasn't an officially sanctioned event, but a private one organized by white parents."

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